United States Seeks To Forfeit And Return A Roman Statue Stolen From The Villa Torlonia In 1983

01 Mar 2016 8:43 AM | Anonymous

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

United States Seeks To Forfeit And Return A Roman Statue Stolen From The Villa Torlonia In 1983

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint against a Roman marble peplophoros statue (the “Torlonia Peplophoros”) stolen from the Villa Torlonia in Rome in 1983.  The Torlonia Peplophoros had been sold in Manhattan in 2001 after being unlawfully brought into the United States in the late 1990s.  The current owner of the Torlonia Peplophoros, having discovered that it was stolen, voluntarily turned it over the United States.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “The Torlonia Peplophoros was stolen in a brazen theft more than 30 years ago, and we are proud to have recovered it so it can finally be returned to its rightful owners.  We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to recover and return stolen treasures no matter how long they have been missing.” 

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/united-states-seeks-forfeit-and-return-roman-statue-stolen-villa-torlonia-1983

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